Blow for Everton’s top four chances

 

Everton will have to chase a top four finish in the Premier League without striker Kevin Mirallas who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Belgian forward has suffered a small tear in his groin and will not feature in any of the Toffee’s remaining games.

After scoring his side’s second goal against Manchester United on Sunday, Mirallas was forced off with the injury. Scans revealed the extent of the damage and speaking to EvertonTV, Roberto Martinez said

 “Kevin’s scans came back and they have revealed a small tear in his groin.

“He is going to be out for the season, which is a real disappointment and a shame because he was in a phenomenal moment of form.

“But the memory we have of his performance against Manchester United is a terrific image. The way he took his goal and how he was a dynamic force throughout the game, it was an outstanding performance.

“It’s a great way to finish the season if it’s the last game he is going to be involved in this campaign.

“It is not a major injury. It could be anything up to five or six weeks, and that’s looking at the worst-case scenario.

“The most important aspect now is that we get him fully fit and ready to participate with Belgium in the World Cup.”

Mirallas has scored eight goals and grabbed nine assists for Everton in the league this season. With Everton just one point behind Arsenal in the race for fourth place with just three games to go, it could very well come down to goal difference. Everton currently have a better goal difference than their London counterparts by a value of two.

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Lee Hurley

Writer specialising in good football and bad relationships. If in doubt, assume sarcasm.